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South Bend Multi-tool. 1202

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,262 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
South Bend Multi-tool.
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:58:07 AM »
I had to buy cat food, and whilst walking in Walmart, I came across 4 of these sitting on one of the sport department's work tables. Nobody was around, and I guess a worker had placed them there ready to be put officially out on the floor. I pounced on one as it was a new multi-tool to me, and that is a rare event nowadays.

This one is a bit odd. It follows the usual Ganzo multi-tool shape but it is done in a garish orange with a rather uneven checkering for texture. You can even see the sprue locations on the handles.



Now I had to Google the name South Bend. I quickly found out they have been around since 1906, and tend to focus on fishing gear, which explain the plier head. This is clearly a fishing centric multi-tool.





Here is a close up of the checkering on the handles, and the South Bend logo which appears to be two lightning bolts inside a well, I guess its a sail as it doesn't fit the description of a trapezium.



As for secondary tools, you get a rather sharp knife blade, an LED flashlight that takes up one whole side of a handle, a small flat and phillips driver for fishing reel maintenance, and um, er a saw? I guess you could use it as a fish scaler in a pinch.



Pros:
1. I like the handle texture. Should prove very grippy when wet.
2. I am always up for a different plier head. This one has plenty of sub functions that should prove useful for fishing.
3. I have yet to meet a Ganzo shaped multi-tool that didn't feel sturdy and well built. This one is no exception.

Cons:
1. This tool rattles so badly, you could tie a fishing line to it, toss it overboard while trolling, and it might attract some fish. One of the retention springs for the flashlight is a tad loose.
2. Seriously, to waste precious real-estate for one of those LED flashlights has always seemed criminal to me.
3. Like pro number 3, I have yet to meet a Ganzo shaped multi-tool that didn't have folding secondary tools that felt cheap. This one is no exception.
4. A fishing tool with a saw instead of a fish scaler seems odd.



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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,701 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.
Re: South Bend Multi-tool.
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 03:07:03 AM »
Saw makes sence. One of the biggest thing when fish of a bank is a small branch that's in the way of casting. Or cutting a stick with a Y to prop the pole.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 19,262 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: South Bend Multi-tool.
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 03:36:57 AM »
Good point.

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Re: South Bend Multi-tool.
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 07:18:29 PM »
Or processing firewood once you've caught your fish so that you can cook it.  Hmm, add that to my outdoor exercise plan; walk into the woods with a Wave and an altoids tin of tackle and have me a fish supper.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,948
Re: South Bend Multi-tool.
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 07:26:02 PM »
The saw is to cut fire wood to cook your freshly caught fish.     :D

What? Enablers! Are you serrrrious? Where? I dont see any.
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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,733 You're amongst friends.
Re: South Bend Multi-tool.
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2014, 08:07:16 PM »
It's an interesting looking tool. Sorry it doesn't work...

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